Neuronal Basis of Impaired Consciousness in Absence Epilepsy Identified by Study

Imagine being able to slip in and out consciousness hundreds of time per day. You would be awake but not aware during these lapses. These highly disruptive episodes in children with absence seizures are called absence seizures. During brief staring spells children temporarily lose consciousness. EEG recordings can capture abnormal rhythms, but the neuronal causes of absence […]

Exploring the Role of Glucose in Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) through a Novel 3D Model

The National Institutes of Health supported a research team that developed a new method to better understand polycystic renal disease (PKD), affecting millions of people worldwide. Scientists used two methods to model the disorder – organs-in-a dish and organs-on-a chip technologies – to demonstrate the role glucose, a common sugar found in blood, plays in forming […]

Discovery of novel regulators and therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative disorders involving Tau

As our life expectancy continues to increase, we can expect more people to be affected by neurodegenerative diseases in the future. Tauopathies, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, are a group of neurodegenerative diseases that involve an accumulation of tau protein. This eventually results in massive brain cell loss. The underlying causes of these disorders are not well understood […]

Key insights on the new Alzheimer’s treatment, Lecanemab, you should be aware of

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted accelerated approval to a new Alzheimer’s treatment called lecanemab, which has been shown to moderately slow cognitive and functional decline in early-stage cases of the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that damages and destroys nerve cells in the brain. Over time, the disease leads to a gradual […]

Study finds that brain wiring contributes to impaired understanding of vocal emotion in individuals with Autism

Stanford Medicine discovered that children with autism have difficulty identifying emotional tones because of differences in the brain area responsible for processing social data. Stanford School of Medicine has found that children with Autism have trouble identifying the emotional content of other people’s voices due to differences in brain wiring. These findings, published in Biological Psychiatry […]